Tony Robinson peering into the first gorge. Jackpot.
Two class 4 drops in and we were entering the first gorge. This is what we came for. The water was totally awesome, with a clear jadish blue hue, and incredible visibility. The walls enclosed quickly with driftwood high above attesting to the dynamic environment we had just entered. After a manky boulder pile the gorge turned right into a nice warm up ledge.
Keith warming it up early on in the first gorge
The gorges on this run are off the hook. Nothing too hard, kind of a similar pace and style to Linville back home. We ran a few gorges that were just incredible, narrowing in places to 8 feet wide with walls to the sky.
After a few lowish feeling set of rapids against the wall, Gold Creek came in on the right, doubling the flow. We finally had some solid water for the rest of the run. After the confluence, we entered the warned crux of the run, which consisted of 3 solid rapids in stacked sequence. The first was a most excellent 8 foot drop in the center of the river, and the second held a pinny line on the right and a big hole on the left. The final drop turned out to be just a nice boof, and the added water made everything feel alot healthier throughout this stretch. This would lead into the final gorge, known as the straight box. It is here where the river was reported to travel almost a mile in a completely straight box canyon with the bedding rising up straight out of the water on both sides. The rapids were supposed to be chill enough to enjoy the scenery, but still fun.
One of the more straight forward drops in the crux section
After finishing up at Big Silver, we scouted Gold Creek, which had a curiously large amount of water rushing down it. The quarter mile from the bridge to Big Silver contained a 20 footer, 10, 15 and some fun rapids. We planned to make quick work of it in the morning, but a bit of wood and the motivation to see new places led us over the pass towards the Nahatlatch, where we found a great camp and set the stage for an early morning suprise huck the next day on Kookipi Creek.